The US Supreme Court has once again been highlighted in the news for making some landmark decisions this week.
DOMA & Prop 8 – The Court’s decisions in Windsor and Perry – the first major gay rights rulings in a decade – are a one-two punch to the nation’s most prominent antigay laws. Today, the Court has brought an end to the damage wrought by the federal Defense of Marriage Act on countless same-sex couples throughout the United States and left in place Proposition 8’s invalidation by the federal district court. (SCOTUSblog 6/26/2013)
UPDATE*** Calif Will Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples ASAP
“After years of struggle, the U.S. Supreme Court today has made same-sex marriage a reality in California. In light of the decision, I have directed the California Department of Public Health to advise the state’s counties that they must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the Ninth Circuit confirms the stay is lifted,” said Governor Brown. (Wall Street Journal 6/26/2013)
Affirmative Action survives – at least for now in the Court’s ruling of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The Supreme Court on Monday stepped back from the brink of calling for an end to affirmative action programs, returning to a lower court the dispute over a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas. (The National Law Journal 6/24/2013)
Voting Rights – Shelby County v. Holder Handing Congress an assignment with profound political risks, a divided Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a key part of the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act and left it to Congress to try to salvage the law as the effective ban on racial bias at the polls that it has been for nearly five decades. It appears that the future of the Act’s core depends on members of Congress being willing to impose heavy new legal burdens on their own states. (SCOTUSblog 6/25/2013)